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DESENSITIZE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does desensitize mean? 

DESENSITIZE (verb)
  The verb DESENSITIZE has 2 senses:

1. cause not to be sensitive
2. make insensitive

  Familiarity information: DESENSITIZE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DESENSITIZE (verb)


Sense 1desensitize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause not to be sensitive

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

desensitise; desensitize

Context examples:

The war desensitized many soldiers / The photographic plate was desensitized

Hypernyms (to "desensitize" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "desensitize"):

benumb; blunt; dull; numb (make numb or insensitive)

bedaze; daze; stun (overcome as with astonishment or disbelief)

besot; stupefy (make dull or stupid or muddle with drunkenness or infatuation)

deaf; deafen (make or render deaf)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Antonym:

sensitize (cause to sense; make sensitive)


Sense 2desensitize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make insensitive

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

desensitise; desensitize

Context example:

His military training desensitized him

Hypernyms (to "desensitize" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Antonym:

sensitize (make sensitive or aware)


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